It’s not easy to remember to slow down and make time for YOU.
Especially if you’re living a busy life. But it’s the most important thing you can do, each and every day.
Here are five EASY ways I make a little self-care for me:
1) I get on my yoga mat at home
It doesn’t matter if you only have TEN MINUTES. Unroll your yoga mat for TEN MINUTES. It will make a huge difference to sit down.
2) Start to meditate!
Just as with yoga, it doesn’t matter if you only have FIVE minutes. Sit down for those five minutes. Find stillness. Breathe. Relax. It’s going to be okay if you take five minutes to chill. Trust me. And you will feel all the more productive for taking those five minutes to give yourself some TLC.
3) Journal every day!
I write three full pages first thing in the morning when I wake up. Every day. Even when I’m traveling I find time to write three pages in my journal. I never re-read them. Writing helps me express what’s going on, to get out of my head, and to look at with fresh eyes whatever it is going on in my life. When I skip this, it’s usually a sign that I am out of balance and afraid to examine what’s really going on below the surface. That’s the time when I recommit to my writing practice and make journaling an even HIGHER priority in my life. It brings me back to me!
4) Spend Time in The Kitchen and SLOW DOWN to eat
When I am feeling harried, rushed, or overwhelmed, one of the fastest areas to compromise is with cooking and eating your meals. And you do NOT want to do that! When you eat standing up or in a rush at your desk, do you notice how awful your digest feels afterwards? Mine is HORRIBLE! It may take longer to consciously prepare your food and sit down to eat, but savor every moment and each and every bite. This quiet time, this time for you, helps connect you to the moment and is a vital act of self-care. Self-love includes loving what we put into our bodies and HOW we put it into our bodies. So be mindful and compassionate with the foods you eat and how and when you eat them. Cook more. Eat slowly. Enjoy every bite!
5) Schedule Massage and Acupuncture!
YES! Get on the table y’all! Although spending an hour or more in massage or acupuncture can seem very decadent (and often one of the first things we give up when we are stressed), it is SO SO SO important to make time for body care and overall wellness when you are stressed, busy–or even not so stressed or busy! Keep your body and mind healthy and sound and make sure you are looking after all of you. If you want to know where I go, when I am in Tampa Bay I visit Annette Scott at Illuminated Living for massage therapy and Hillary Talbott at Art of Acupuncture in St. Pete. After an intense marathon, I also see Lisa Jamison and Suzanne Aronoff with LIFT Performance Enhancement.
How do you take care of you?! What are you doing every day to help you feel revitalized, loved, and fully present? Are you remembering to look after yourself? Remember: Self-Care ISN’T selfish! It’s the opposite and necessary to go out into the world as the fullest and best version of YOU!
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